As The Temperature Drops So Does Our IQs

I swear it’s the dead of winter that bring out the chillingly strange. Last month’s weirdness began with a newspaper article about a horrible car bombing near police cadet barracks in Bogota, Columbia. Police blamed the rebel group National Liberian … Continue reading

Beef Roast in Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Recipe Take a tough chuck roast, slow cook it on low for hours, and turn it into a tender roast with a creamy mushroom/onion gravy all in one pan. I made the slow cooker version last week with awesome results. … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Sweetheart deal for corporations at the centre of exploding allegations against the government

The surprise resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould from cabinet this week caps a string of developments that have rocked the government with respect to their apparent cozy relationship with the Quebec-based engineering firm SNC Lavalin.  What began as the surprise demotion … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park 190215

In my view, Ontarians, in general, are pretty resilient people. I take great pride in saying this is particularly true of Northern Ontarians. Ontarians can work with just about any situation that comes our way. Here in the North, sometimes … Continue reading

Heart Meringue Cookies

Recipe Make these cute, meringue heart cookies for a Valentine’s Day treat or to give as little gifts! Heart Meringue Cookies • 4 egg whites, room temperature • 1 cup granulated sugar • ¼ tsp lemon juice • Pinch of … Continue reading

ESAA – Emotional Support Animal Absurdity

Today’s flight attendant must feel like Noah of the Ark – animals boarding one after the other taking their places on and under the seats. Dogs, cats, rabbits and pork belly pigs – all of which their owners claim to … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Pharmacare can’t suffer the same fate as electoral reform

It’s no secret that the cost of just getting by is going up for Canadians.  Even when we find a little relief on one front, it seems there is another way to make life more expensive to counteract that.  That’s … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Tariffs aren’t working for anybody and the issue needs to be resolved.

Tariffs aren’t working for anybody and the issue needs to be resolved. When we consider the impact that American aluminum and steel tariffs have on Canada the concerns of producers are first of mind for a good reason, but they … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park 190201

In looking at all snowballing headlines that are hitting the papers lately, I concluded that it only makes sense that they come at us now. After all, snowballs do form in winter. And since we have been experiencing some pretty … Continue reading


Recipe I find as I’m getting older I appreciate a delicious, dense and flavourful coffee cake more than I ever did before. Apparently chocolate cake isn’t the be- all, and end- all, after all. Whether you eat it in the … Continue reading